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Tales of Two Cities: Women and Municipal Restructuring in London and Toronto Paperback – Nov. 1 2006

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  • ISBN-10 : 0774812796
  • Item Weight : 280 g
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0774812795
  • Paperback : 200 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.52 x 22.86 cm
  • Publisher : UBC Press (Nov. 1 2006)
  • Language: : English

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In the age of globalization, state restructuring is changing the political landscape. How does reshaping local government affect citizen involvement in public life? As cities move between centralized and decentralized governance and conservative and progressive leadership, what brings out the best and the worst in civic engagement?

In this thought-provoking book, Sylvia Bashevkin examines the consequences of divergent restructuring experiences in London and Toronto. By focusing on the forced amalgamation of local boroughs in Toronto and the creation of a new metropolitan authority in London, Tales of Two Cities explores the fallout for women as urban citizens. Ultimately, context is crucial to whether municipal change signals pessimism or promise.

Clear, insightful, and prescient, Tales of Two Cities will appeal to those interested in civic affairs, political inclusion, and the future of democracy in major urban centres.


Lucid, succinct, and highly accessible. Readers with an interest in urban affairs will find this book of great value, while its women-centred approach to urban citizenship will appeal to urban analysts and their students in a range of disciplines. The author’s comparative analysis of the social, political, and cultural characteristics of two cities that have recently experienced governmental reform is particularly compelling. (Nirmala Rao, co-author of Governing London)

This book links a rich and nuanced description of the roles women played in local government in Toronto and London to reflections on major political questions - the nature of urban citizenship and the relationship between gender and political inclusion. Tales of Two Cities contributes to our growing understanding about why cities matter and why women matter to cities. (Caroline Andrew, co-editor of Urban Affairs: Back on the Policy Agenda)

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